Consider the Gauntlet…Thrown down!

Ok, so there are days when despite everything that happens peripherally, like groceries needing to be bought, not getting the grades you wanted, dishes in your sink, blah blah blah, it’s still an amazing day and you look at life and smile an honest smile that reflects that life is good.

Well, today, is such a day. After three months—no make that THREE MONTHS of work, the Women in REDzine website, http://www.womeninredzine.com/, is finally finished. I won’t bore you with the hellacious details of putting the website together and getting the back issues of the magazine uploaded—one freaking word at a time—suffice to say that I am acutely aware of where we are coming from as a magazine, and where we still need to go. The hard work pays off though, it has made me very good at being still for long periods of time, familiarized me with “master pages” and more web-lingo than I ever wanted to know, forced me to learn the keyboard with a level of proficiency that I had no idea one mere mortal, not versed in the skills of typing, could ever manage…I think I may now be in the realm of the AEIC, if not faster…

I know what you’re thinking, “…but dear intrepid (and fearless) leader (see previous posts for explanation behind this repetition), why didn’t you just pay to have/delegate someone else do it?” Well, dear, sweet, reader…because (a) we can’t afford to pay and (b) never ask someone else to do something you don’t feel prepared to do yourself (and just between you and I dear reader…this EIC is a bit of a perfectionist and bristles at the thought of giving that kind of control over to someone else who may not “get” what I am trying to accomplish!) So needless to say, the job is done…for now…but the website will need to be updated in September with all our fall happenings….so until then website, adieu.

In other—and unbelievable as it may sound—better, news! I know…how do I top freedom from website black hole…well naysayer, this is how. Women in REDzine is now an accredited, legitimate, bona fide, true-blue, Literary Magazine!!!! The only one on the University of Wisconsin campus! See this, http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines/women_in_redzine, that’s us… Yeah, so we’re kinda even more awesome now 🙂 This doesn’t take anything away from the other wonderful journals out there…but you do get Writer’s Credits for getting published with us, so, as if you needed another reason to submit to us! The submissions are coming in, more and more every day, and I would like to thank those of you who have submitted, for not just trusting us with your work, but for also being patient as you wait for us to get back to you. To those of you contemplating it, what are you waiting for? An invitation? Well, consider this, your invitation to submit your Poetry, Prose, Art, Photos, Video, Experimental hybrid…whatever, to us…just go here, http://womeninredzine.submishmash.com/Submit and press the buttons.

I would also like to use this opportunity to thank Jensine Larsen (Editor/Founder of World Pulse magazine) and Roderick Clark (Editor of ROSEBUD magazine), who both took time out of their various immensely busy schedules to come to Madison and meet with our ragtag group, to not only give us the inside information on making our magazine a success, but also inspire us to persevere through all the times of self-doubt and moments of worry. I feel that the way that they chose to embrace our little group is proof positive that passion still exists in the fields of literature and journalism and I for one, cannot wait to get started on this path that we have chosen!

I am signing out…my computer and I know each other too well, we have spent way too many hours alone together, in a dimly lit room, until all hours of the night, my bare fingers dancing nimbly along its buttons as I gaze intently into its luminous depths…but now the sun is up, and like a lover that has overstayed (and therefore, missed) the anonymous cloak of night…one of us must do the walk of shame.

Until the next blog post—as always, I remain your intrepid (and fearless) leader,
The Editor-in-Chief, Women in REDzine.

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